Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery — David Gibson and Michael McKinley

Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery — David Gibson and Michael McKinley 0

Finding Jesus, a companion to the CNN TV series, looks at six holy objects connected to Jesus, the most famous– and mysterious –man in history to see what they can tell us about his life, and his “after life”.

David Gibson and Michael McKinley designed their book to engage believers, skeptics and those in between, by looking at each object through three lenses: what is the object and its connection to Jesus? How did it get from “then” to “now”– i.e. how did a burial cloth travel thousands of miles and two thousand years from a rock tomb in Jerusalem to a marble cathedral in Turin? And what does science say about these objects today?

Readers can begin the book in any chapter they choose, and find a complete story about a holy object– a story which will lead them to other chapters, and onward, we hope, on a journey to parse the plot of the “greatest story ever told.”

“In a mix of engaging scholarship and gripping storytelling, Gibson and McKinley offer a page-turner for a wide audience.” — Kirkus Reviews

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It’s Our Game — Michael McKinley

It’s Our Game — Michael McKinley 0

If every hockey player’s dream begins on a frozen pond, it reaches its pinnacle in a packed arena facing off against a bitter international rival. Could be the mighty Soviets. Could be the vainglorious Americans. Doesn’t matter, as long as the guys, and more recently, the women, who come from the farming villages, logging towns, and bustling cities of Canada show up to play the game the way we invented it to be played. That’s the way it’s been for a hundred years. more

Understudies – Elisabeth Gray and Daniel Zimbler

Understudies – Elisabeth Gray and Daniel Zimbler 0

Understudies is the new web series created by the insanely talented Elisabeth Gray and Daniel Zimbler, and their insanely talented cast.

Born into a pedigreed musical theater family, actress Astoria Bagg (Elisabeth Gray) finally gets her big break understudying the lead in Broadway’s hotly-anticipated Twilight at Tiffany’s. Between navigating the backstage dramas of a high-end Broadway production and the trauma wrought by a competitive, Tony-award-winning mother (Alison Fraser), Astoria seeks to find her place as an artist in the city of a thousand stages (New York).

Inspired by the real life experiences of the show’s co-creator Elisabeth Gray who understudied on Broadway’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Understudies takes office comedy to a whole new dimension: the rehearsal room. It’s smart, wonderfully subversive, beautifully acted and shot, and best of all, it’s funny as hell– and moving, too.  Watch the trailer on You Tube and make sure tosubscribe for the series which debuts May 2.

The Three Pillars of Singing — Julia Amisano

The Three Pillars of Singing — Julia Amisano 0

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Julia Amisano The Three Pillars of Singing

My name is Julia Amisano and I am a singer, music teacher, and the founder of Grace Music Studio NY, a music studio in Brooklyn founded upon the philosophy that everyone is a singer.  I developed a method called the Three Pillars of Singing so that everyone can learn how to sing in three simple steps.

You too can learn Julia’s method by ordering or downloading her DVD, The Three Pillars of Singing, at http://howtosingeasily.com

To enquire about voice lessons, piano lessons or acting lessons and to learn some of Julia’s free singing tips, please visit www.gracemusicstudiony.com

Here’s what one student has to say about Julia’s teaching:

“My name is Sharice Styles, and for the past 10 years I have been writing songs for numerous platinum recording artists all over the world. After being behind the scenes that long, I feel that I have grown and matured enough to step up front and use my skills to launch my own career. I had an awesome experience working with Julia. She has really helped me sharpen my skills to prepare for my single release “Pull The Plug”. I have now expanded my vocal range abilities, thanks to Julia I can hit almost every key on the piano…I know this was an important part of my journey, and I will be forever grateful…”
–Sharice Styles

Think Round– Martha Pease and Michael Campbell

Think Round– Martha Pease and Michael Campbell 0

Think Round shows that the key to propelling a business to its full potential and highest heights is not balance sheet engineering, acquisition acumen, organic reinvention, adroit board management or stunning quarterly earnings results. Mastery of those mechanics is the cost of entry not the accelerator to success. The key to winning really big, and staying at the top of the business game is empathy: the capacity to recognize and respond to emotions and aspirations experienced by your customers and consumers. The challenge for CEOs is how to scale empathy to the enterprise level so it can be a sustainable advantage in creating long-term value. Think Round is the guide to just that: a proven approach to owning the future by having 100% of your company focused on your consumer 100% of the time. Peppered with invaluable real-world anecdotes and examples culled from the impressive careers of Martha Pease and Michael Campbell, who have helped companies like Apple, IBM, FedEx, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Visa, Domino’s, Neutrogena, and Unilever etch their names in the halls of business greats, Think Round is your guide to a better, brighter executable and ultimately, revelatory way of life for your organization.

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The Two Marys 0

Michael McKinley and David Gibson wrote and produced this film for CNN Presents in 2005. It won a Gracie Award as the outstanding mid-length documentary aired in the US, from the Alliance for Women in Media. In it, we look at two young women in 1st century Israel, and how one Mary became the mother of God and the other, Mary Magdalene, one of the most mysterious women in history.

Hold Fast to Dreams — Beth Zasloff and Joshua Steckel

Hold Fast to Dreams — Beth Zasloff and Joshua Steckel 0

Since Joshua Steckel began work at a Brooklyn public high school as its first-ever college guidance counselor, every one of the hundreds of graduates he has counseled has been accepted to college, many to top-flight schools with all expenses paid. But getting in is only one small part of the drama of his students’ stories. In a riveting work of narrative nonfiction—winner of a Studs and Ida Terkel award—Hold Fast to Dreams follows the lives of ten of Josh’s students as they navigate the vast and obstacle-ridden landscape of college in America, where students for whom the stakes of education are highest find unequal access and inadequate support.

“A powerful story of courage and hope that should inspire others to follow trailblazers like Steckel and his students.” Kirkus Reviews

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After Jesus: The First Christians

After Jesus: The First Christians 0

It’s a dangerous, tumultuous time in the Roman Empire. There are wars and rebellions among the empire’s client-states, and the emperors are becoming increasing brutal in suppressing any hint of revolution. That spells trouble for the restive Jewish nation on the eastern edge of the empire.  There are would-be messiahs and magic men all over Israel, many proclaiming a special connection to the God of Israel. For the Roman Empire, these men are not worth noticing. The Romans respect the Jews and their single god, Yahweh, and they’ve cut them quite a bit of slack. But when one prophet, Jesus of Nazareth upsets the powers that be by chasing out the money changers out of the Temple in Jerusalem—Judaism’s holiest site—he’s marked for death. more

Hockey Night in Canada: A Legacy in Three Periods — Michael McKinley

Hockey Night in Canada: A Legacy in Three Periods — Michael McKinley 0

Before Twitter, before 24-hour sports channels, long before fans watched highlight goals on their phones—long before something called a “highlight” had been invented—there was Hockey Night in Canada. It was cutting-edge technology back then. Anywhere in Canada, a hockey fan could come in from the snow, sit down by the radio, listen to a game played in Montreal or Toronto, and experience the thrill of a game played hundreds, or thousands, of kilometres away. Before all of what we call Canada had joined Confederation, even before the “Original Six,” there wasHockey Night in Canada to define both the country and the game.
Then, sixty years ago, another technological marvel changed the game—and the country—and launched the longest-running program in the world. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, for the first time, was on television.

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Hockey: A People’s History — Michael McKinley

Hockey: A People’s History — Michael McKinley 0

Hockey is not just Canada’s national game, it is part of every Canadian’s psyche, whether we like it or not. Watching it, playing it, coaching it, and talking about it are up there with eating on the list of the top ten things Canadians do most. In the first half of the last century it mirrored our increasing confidence as a nation and in the last years of the 1900s, which saw an aggressive but unsettling expansion of the game south of the border, it reflected our growing wariness of American influence on Canada. more

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